Archive for April, 2009

i get so mad…

Communication in the army sucks…. SUCKS!!  I don’t know if it is the caliber of people, or the way we are trained, or just certain people.   But it is close to implossible to get  a straight answer to a simple question.  Yesterday, I emailed my unit admin with some basic questions (it was actually a second email sent with the same question since the first wasn’t answered).  She emailed me back with the most confusing email… I wasn’t sure if I had to report to my unit on Saturday or Monday and she contradicted something she had previously told me.  I was so confused and so upset… if I had to be there Saturday, I would have to leave Friday (I live 6 hours away from my unit).  That would change and ruined a lot of plans, not to mention really affect how much packing and planning I got done before I left.  I sent her a very quick, pert email asking her to clarify and stating that I was very confused.  I was so upset that I ended up getting very little done last night, and I have a LOT to do!!

This morning, she responded, but still did not clearly answer my questions and proceeded to insult me by questioning my reasons for joining the army!!  First of all, that is not her business.  Second, how does that become part of a conversation about when to report?

I was sooo mad, I just wanted to call her and tell her that SHE made me not want to be part of the unit.  Luckily, she didn’t answer…   I did get a chance to talk to her later and clear things up.  I also slyly added that I was excited to get to NJ and that it would all be an adventure. 

That is only one instance of bad communication in the army.  The same communication issues were rampant in training, and they weren’t even over email!!  It is definitely something the military needs to work on.   I hope that is something I can possibly have  a hand in.

P.S. Dave says he is not amused [at my blogging].  GO CUBS GO!!!

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April 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm 2 comments

I love you all, but you are killing me!!

In the last few days I have received so many accolades and words of encouragement and pledges of support.  I love it, but it is also difficult, because each one just reminds me more of what I am heading into.   And what I will miss.  It breaks my heart every time I read a new email or note, and I’ve been reduced to tears a few times too.  I still love reading them… here are few…

Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me.  And now, although ten thousand enemies surround me on every side, I am not afraid.

Psalm 3:5-6 TLB

It doesn’t matter who or what those ten thousand enemies may be, the Lord is always watching over you.  Place all of your trust in him, and you won’t be afraid.

OR…

We will miss you while you are away.  I hope things go as well as possible while you are gone.  I’m not sure if we will get to see you before you leave but we love you and will be thinking of you 🙂

There are lots more, but you get the idea… 😛

I find it great to know that I have so many people to draw support from.

April 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm 2 comments

Less than two weeks…

I just found out yesterday that I have less than two weeks before I leave for my first deployment.

When I first found out, I kinda freaked… I was a wreck!  And at work, none-the-less!  But just about 36 hours later, I am quite happy.  Of course there is a lot I am sad about… but from the pros & cons list I made yesterday, there is more to be positive about!

Here are the details:

  • Leave for training: May 4th
  • Training at:  Ft. Dix, NJ
  • Deployment Date:  June 7th
  • Deployment Length: 1 year
  • Deployed to:  Iraq, not sure where exactly yet
  • Job:  Psychological Operations Specialist
  • What does that mean?:  I will help develop US Army/Coalition materials for distribution to Iraq civilian population – similar to marketing.

My plan is to keep as many of my friends and family (and whomever else wants to follow) in the loop while deployed, and hopefully help you all understand what soldiers overseas really deal with.  I don’t know any of it myself yet, but this should be interesting!    Feel free to leave comments and questions!  I can’t wait to start this adventure… well, I can, but I don’t have much choice! 😛

April 21, 2009 at 11:05 am Leave a comment


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